2019 DCMS Initiatives
 
Legislative Session
During the 2019 legislative session which begins in January, DCMS and TMA will focus on about 1,000 bills that affect the practice of medicine. DCMS will work with TMA to track these bills, provide testimony of DCMS members, and accompany physicians to meet with their legislators. A primary focus of the session for DCMS is the coordination of members’ visits to Austin, part of TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol program. The DCMS director of advocacy schedules appointments with legislators and accompanies physicians on their visits. 

North Texas Alliance for Clinical Resilience
DCMS is a founding partner in the North Texas Alliance for Clinical Resilience, along with the DFW Hospital Council and Foundation, the Tarrant County Medical Society, and the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. The group first met in November 2018. The DCMS CEO and COO are members of the Steering Committee. The Alliance’s work will be based on the National Academy of Medicine’s nationwide program on clinical resilience. Representatives from across North Texas medical and nursing professions, plus others as they are identified, will form four workgroups. The Alliance will report to the DCMS board throughout 2019.

Women in Medicine
DCMS’ emphasis on women in medicine will continue in 2019. What started as the Women in Medicine Committee has grown into a larger group called the Women in Medicine Forum. The committee was created in 2015 to focus on issues affecting women physicians in academic medicine, private practice, medical education, public policy, and public health — locally and statewide. The effort has attracted strong female leaders who will explore the development of appropriate programs and services to further the role of women in medicine. 

Medicaid Waiver Renewal/Dallas Choice Plan
DCMS has been a leader in the creation of a care delivery model for the most vulnerable Texans. What started locally has grown to include the TMA Task Force on Value-based Care Models, chaired by DCMS member Sue Bornstein, MD, who also is a member of the TMA Board of Trustees. 2019 will be a big year in the renewal of the 1115 Medicaid Waiver., and the state of Texas will be submitting a plan to CMS later this year. DCMS will remain active in its support of the Dallas Choice Plan as a model of patient care delivery to the poor.

DCMS Circle of Friends
DCMS Circle of Friends is a sponsorship program that connects area businesses with DCMS physicians. Circle of Friends members have the opportunity to talk with physicians at DCMS events, and receive discounted advertising rates in the Dallas Medical Journal, DCMS ePulse and the DCMS Directory of Members. 

TEXPAC
Although 2019 is not an election year, DCMS involvement in TEXPAC will continue. TEXPAC is the political action committee (PAC) of the Texas Medical Association. TEXPAC asks county medical societies across Texas to nominate district chairs and vice-chairs, based on Senate Districts, to serve on the TEXPAC Board. The members nominated and selected to serve from Dallas County, constitute the DCMS TEXPAC Committee. The DCMS TEXPAC members meet and evaluate candidates, and make recommendations regarding endorsements to the TEXPAC Candidate Evaluation Committee. 

HealthPAC
HealthPAC is DCMS’ political action committee and was created in 2004. HealthPAC is a nonprofit, unincorporated committee of individual allopathic and osteopathic physicians and their families, medical students, and residents who are DCMS members. It is not affiliated with any political party. 

Endorsements and contributions are limited to candidates running for offices that serve Dallas County exclusively — no statewide races receive PAC funds or endorsements. The PAC also can contribute toward public health issues. Annual dues are voluntary and are $28.

The purposes of HealthPAC are to:
  • Elect Dallas County Commissioners Court members, the Dallas County judge, District Court judges, and other local or countywide candidates who actively will support the healthcare industry of Dallas County and the patients it serves.
  • Strive for the improvement of government by encouraging physicians and others to take an active and effective role in governmental affairs.
  • Encourage physicians and others to understand the nature and actions of their government as to important political records, office holders and candidates for public office.
  • Assist physicians and others in organizing for more effective political action and in carrying out their responsibilities as good citizens.
  • Uphold the tradition of individual liberty and support the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.